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Hey everyone, I have a situation that might be a little rare. I'm trying to bring my fiancé over from Lebanon but there's a small issue, she's my second cousin. I know it's allowed in all 50 states in the us but I'm afraid that they may deny us because they'll scrutinize us excessively and not believe we're second cousins. Anyone have a experience with this? Any advice regarding what we can do to improve our chances of being approved? Should we send any particular documents? I'm kinda desperate and any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks a bunch in advance.

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Besides you and your fiancee, how would anyone know she's your second cousin?

Don't mention it. If you are specifically asked, you can explain, but I don't see how it would come up unless you volunteer the information. As you point out, it's legal to marry your second cousin in the United States, but why create a problem by bringing it up? Let's not make the IO's job any harder than it is.

And no, it's not lying. It's not volunteering information that will cause problems you don't need.

Regards,

Bill

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Besides you and your fiancee, how would anyone know she's your second cousin?

Don't mention it. If you are specifically asked, you can explain, but I don't see how it would come up unless you volunteer the information. As you point out, it's legal to marry your second cousin in the United States, but why create a problem by bringing it up? Let's not make the IO's job any harder than it is.

And no, it's not lying. It's not volunteering information that will cause problems you don't need.

Regards,

Bill

This information is asked for in the I129f application. Please don't advise people to withhold or lie about their situation, since this could really end up hurting them.

OP, always be truthful and forthcoming with information. If they catch you lying or knowingly withholding information that in itself is grounds for denial.

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2016-03-19         i-129F Sent
2016-03-24         i-129F NOA1
2016-06-14         i-129F NOA2
2016-07-08         NVC Rec'd
2016-07-12         Case #
2016-07-13         NVC Left
2016-07-14         Consulate Rec'd
2016-07-19         Medical
2016-08-11         Interview Date (approved)
2016-09-06         Issued
2016-09-09         Visa In Hand
2016-10-19         POE Dallas Fort-Worth
2016-10-30         Our Halloween Wedding

2016-11-16         AOS package sent (i-485, i-131, i-765, i-864, g-325a, DS-3025)
2016-11-17         AOS package delivered to Chicago lockbox
2016-11-23         NOA1's by e-mail and text (@ 10:30 pm CT)
2016-11-26         NOA1 hard copies
2016-12-03         Biometrics appointment in mail
2016-12-07         Biometrics (Early walk-in Desoto, appointment was for Dec 13th)

2017-02-17         Notice of card in production by email and text (@8:00 am CT, i-765) - Day 92

2017-02-22         Notice of approval by email and text (@1:00 pm CT, i-765 and i-131) - Day 97

2017-02-22         Notice of card being mailed by email and text (@7:00 pm CT, i-765) - Day 97

2017-02-25         EAD/AP combo card arrived in mail - Day 100

2017-03-03         Notice of green card in production by email and text (@4:00 pm CT, i-485) - Day 106

2017-03-03         Notice of approval by email and text (@6:00 pm CT, i-485) - Day 106

2017-03-11          Green card arrived in mail  - Day 113

2018-12-03          First day to file for ROC (i-751)

 

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Thanks Suss. Any suggestions regarding my situation?

Since it's lawful it's not a problem as long as you give all information you are asked for. As Lioness said just be truthful and follow the guides and instructions like the rest of us :)

Good luck!


K1 Visa & AOS

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2016-03-19         i-129F Sent
2016-03-24         i-129F NOA1
2016-06-14         i-129F NOA2
2016-07-08         NVC Rec'd
2016-07-12         Case #
2016-07-13         NVC Left
2016-07-14         Consulate Rec'd
2016-07-19         Medical
2016-08-11         Interview Date (approved)
2016-09-06         Issued
2016-09-09         Visa In Hand
2016-10-19         POE Dallas Fort-Worth
2016-10-30         Our Halloween Wedding

2016-11-16         AOS package sent (i-485, i-131, i-765, i-864, g-325a, DS-3025)
2016-11-17         AOS package delivered to Chicago lockbox
2016-11-23         NOA1's by e-mail and text (@ 10:30 pm CT)
2016-11-26         NOA1 hard copies
2016-12-03         Biometrics appointment in mail
2016-12-07         Biometrics (Early walk-in Desoto, appointment was for Dec 13th)

2017-02-17         Notice of card in production by email and text (@8:00 am CT, i-765) - Day 92

2017-02-22         Notice of approval by email and text (@1:00 pm CT, i-765 and i-131) - Day 97

2017-02-22         Notice of card being mailed by email and text (@7:00 pm CT, i-765) - Day 97

2017-02-25         EAD/AP combo card arrived in mail - Day 100

2017-03-03         Notice of green card in production by email and text (@4:00 pm CT, i-485) - Day 106

2017-03-03         Notice of approval by email and text (@6:00 pm CT, i-485) - Day 106

2017-03-11          Green card arrived in mail  - Day 113

2018-12-03          First day to file for ROC (i-751)

 

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I agree, do not withhold any information that is being asked for. If they find out at a later date then i'm sure the stuff would hit the fan and affect your case.

If its legal then there is no reason to deny your petition surely (so long as everything else is in order)

I thought they may look at mine and my Fiance case different being a same sex couple with this only just being legalised over all states and obviously there are still some people who are really against it, but it didn't seem to make one bit of difference.

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Where it asks if you are related just tick yes and write in the box second cousin. I would think if they wanted more evidence when the yes was selected it would ask you on there to provide some form of proof (whatever that may be :huh: I genuinely have no idea how you would prove that)

Best of luck!

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Well there could possibly be issues with bonafide relationship. Not trying to scare the OP but just be sure to be prepared to prove your relationship is real and not just for family immigration.

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Withholding the information is terrible advice. They have the same name, UNRELATED people have been scrutinized for that, and if they find out later that you concealed it there will be heck to pay.

You can expect extra scrutiny. Applicants who have some sort of family connection or even met through family often get a little extra scrutiny on the bone fide relationship question. You'd want to submit proof that if you handed said proof to anyone on the street they would see and believe you were a real couple from it alone, without knowing or meeting you both. Lots and lots of proof. This is one of those situations where "front loading" the application materials with LOTS of communication and whatnot would be very smart, in my humble opinion.

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Besides you and your fiancee, how would anyone know she's your second cousin?

Don't mention it. If you are specifically asked, you can explain, but I don't see how it would come up unless you volunteer the information. As you point out, it's legal to marry your second cousin in the United States, but why create a problem by bringing it up? Let's not make the IO's job any harder than it is.

And no, it's not lying. It's not volunteering information that will cause problems you don't need.

Regards,

Bill

BAD Advice!!! WRONG

In the petition, it asks if your related to the beneficary, you have to declare that you are. If you do NOT, then you could be denied.

I know of a couple from Morocco who filed, counsins, they had no problems at all, and all living here in USA now happily.


Adjustment of Status from a Visitors Visa:

Married: January 3, 2013

Chicago lockbox:

Sent: 9/12/16: I-130 + I-485 + I-765 (USPS)

Delivered: 09/15/2016

Received Texts of All 3 receipt's: 09/23/2016

10/04/2016 Received all (3) I-797C receipts via USPS

10/08/2016 Received Biometrics letter received

10/13/2016 Biometrics, walk in-successful.

11/18/2016 EAD card Approved. I-765 //64 Days

11/23/2016 Text from USCIS- EAD card mailed today

11/26/2016 EAD Card received in the mail.

12/01/2016 Applied for Social Security Card

12/08/2016 Received Social Security card in mail

12/14/2016 Applied for Texas ID card.

12/27/2016 Received Texas ID card in mail.

08/08/2017  Sent in paperwork for renewal of EAD card.

08/10/2015   Renewal petition for EAD delivered by USPS to USCIS

08/16/2017   Received text-email notifications EAD /AP renewal received by USCIS

10/02/2017   New medical done-other one long expired.

10/13/2017  Received letter of interview-- Nov. 13, 2017

11/02/2017  Received email and text, Interview cancelled, will be rescheduled.   Heartbroken....

12/18/2017  Still awaiting new interview date.  Have not received renewed EAD/AP card.....Waiting, waiting... Waiting.

12/29/2017  End of the year, not received new interview date or renewed EAD-AP card.  Happy New Year!!

01/25/2018  Welcome to 2018, not a damn word from USCIS on new interview date.

02/02/2018  RECEIVED NEW INTERVIEW DATE    FEB. 21   AND THATS MY BIRTHDAY TOO.

02/21/2018   Had interview, was told in about 4 weeks for a decision... more waiting......

02/23/2018   Renewal of EAD-AP card approved.

02/28/2018   Text from USCIS,  EAD-AP card mailed

03/03/2018   Received in mail EAD/AP combo card.

07/03/2018   Info Pass in Houston,   Houston USCIS office said they are 2000 petitions behind, give them till end of August, as they are doing clean up from interviews.

 

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This information is asked for in the I129f application. Please don't advise people to withhold or lie about their situation, since this could really end up hurting them.

OP, always be truthful and forthcoming with information. If they catch you lying or knowingly withholding information that in itself is grounds for denial.

Well said! Some people here are going against the rules here without realizing it. Please read the TOS.

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